Electronic Changes of Address for Trademark Matters

On February 28, 2002, the Trademark Operation posted (and began processing internally) an electronic Change of Correspondence Address Form on the TEAS (Trademark Electronic Application System) web site . Customers can change the correspondence address on any application or registration that is currently active with the Office by using this new web-based TEAS form. After passing through the Office's secure firewall, the data from the form is routed into the Office's main database, automatically updating the address information. This "customer-provided" data flows seamlessly into the Office's other systems without requiring scanning, manual data entry or the printing of any paper copies. This greatly increases the accuracy of the data and dramatically shortens the time required for the Office to process such data. To access this new form, visit http://teas.uspto.gov/ccr/cca.

NOTE: Use this online form only to change a Correspondence Address .

You cannot use this form to change an actual Power of Attorney or Appointment of Domestic Representative .

You also cannot use this form to change the applicant's name or to transfer ownership of an application or registration from one party to another. To change the applicant's name or to transfer ownership you must contact the Assignments Division (571-272-3350). For an Assignment Recordation Form Cover Sheet (PTO-1594), visit http://www.uspto.gov/web/forms/index.html#TM.

Please note that U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), a bureau of the Department of Homeland Security, maintains a trademark recordation system for marks registered at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Parties who register their marks on the Principal Register may record these marks with CBP, to assist CPB in its efforts to prevent the importation of goods that infringe registered marks. The recordation database includes information regarding all recorded marks, including images of these marks. CBP officers monitor imports to prevent the importation of goods bearing infringing marks, and can access the recordation database at each of the 317 ports of entry.

In October 2005, CBP released the Intellectual Property Rights e-Recordation (IPRR) system. This new system allows right holders to electronically file IPR recordation applications, thus significantly reducing the amount of time normally required to process paper applications. Some additional benefits of the new system include:

  • Elimination of paper applications and supporting documents.
  • Copies of the certificate issued by the registering agency (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or the Copyright Office) are retained by the right holder, not submitted to CBP.
  • Payment by credit card (preferred), check or money order.
  • Ability to upload images of the protected work or trademark, thus obviating the need to send samples to CBP.
  • Reduced time from filing of the application to enforcement by field personnel.
Information about how to obtain a recordation, and about CBP's Intellectual Property Rights border enforcement program, is available at CBP's web site, www.cbp.gov .